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Q&A With Mattel
Mattel: Jay Cochran - 2009.02.02
TNI: With both He-Man and Beastman selling out on the exact same day and just two days before Skeletor went on sale, this has left many collectors who had planned to get all three at the same time to try and save some money on shipping high and dry. Will Mattel be restocking sold out figures on their website, or once they are gone they are gone?

Mattel: When we knew we were getting close to selling out we posted messages on Matty’s Facebook and news pages to let fans know. We do have just a handful of He-Man and Beastman left which we are going to bring to the summer conventions to help spread the word, but other than these, once a figure is off of Mattycollector.com it will no longer be available. We will not be going back into production anytime soon. In time we will likely offer key characters like He-Man and Skeletor again, but we will change them up from their original release in terms of deco, packaging or accessories.


TNI: Is there any effort to get MOTU back on regular retail shelves by Mattel? Other companies have been successful with doing this with 80's lines. He-Man was such a profitable franchise for Mattel in the 80's combined with rumors of a possible movie one day, why Mattel can't convince retailers to try this line again?

Mattel: It is not that we are not able to convince retailers to take it, but rather MOTUC was designed from day 1 to be the flagship line of our online MattyCollector.com business and was always intended to be an online exclusive. It is possible in the future when there is new MOTU entertainment that we will look at bringing the line to retail, but when and if we do it will be in different packaging and with a change up in deco and or accessories to preserve the versions sold online for fans.


TNI: There were a few waves of DCUC figures, most notably wave 3 that had some serious quality issues (such as paint). The later waves seem to have moved in the direction of correcting this problem. Will there be any effort to go back and re-do waves like the 3rd one now that quality control seems to be more up to par?

Mattel: Unfortunately due to minimum production orders we will not be going back into production on past waves at this time.


TNI: With Hasbro's more articulated 3 3/4 Marvel line soon to hit shelves (which have noticeably more articulation than the current design used on the DCIH), is there any thought to adding more articulation to DCIH figures in the near future?

Mattel: As announced at SDCC in 2008 we will indeed be greatly enhancing the articulation of the Infinite Heroes figures in the very near future.


TNI: You have announced your plans for what you will have on hand at the NYCC in February, but Toy Fair is the week after. Will you have anything additional that is new for DC that won't be shown at NYCC?

Mattel: No. In fact we will have more product on display at NYCC than we will have at NYTF. Toy Fair is more of a show for the retailers who honestly do not need to see every single figure (they just need to get an understanding of the basic line architecture). Versus NYCC is a collector show and we wanted to make sure to have the latest and all of the newest figures for our fans at this public show.


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BigBearJahlon
2009-02-04
10:05 pm

As on an online site, Mattel is going ot learn a lot since this is specifically a heroes collectors venture. They will make mistakes, but at least we now have some options. I just think that the rising prices and the extreme cost of shipping will be their biggest problem after they work out thier ... read more 
azrael23
2009-02-04
9:04 am

[quote name='HMI' post='16537305' date='Feb 4 2009, 12:03 AM']There's no doubt that He-Man and Skeletor will be avaiable again. I'll bet they just stick them in a two-pack with no changes since there really isn't a reason to do extra work making redecos of them. But you can't POS... read more 
gojira77
2009-02-04
5:12 am

I can't believe that they made more of Beast Man than Skeletor. It's like they intentionally short packed him-- there must have been some arcane production reason why Skeletor didn't get the number two spot in the first place! I don't think we can do much more than speculate unti... read more 
HMI
2009-02-04
4:03 am

Online sales is a new thing for Mattel. They've only been at it TWO MONTHS. I'm sure that their non-answers are so because they haven't figured out what exactly to do yet. I think things would be worse if they produced too many and couldn't sell them all, which is exactly what they&#... read more 
azrael23
2009-02-04
1:46 am

[quote name='shokker' post='16537227' date='Feb 3 2009, 07:45 PM']evryone cryed when they have been on the net for a month and now that they are sold out, everyone is still crying? whats that all about? i think it is dumb to, that he-man and skeletor are sold out because i would have loved to ge... read more 
king kahn
2009-02-04
1:42 am

[quote name='Eric' post='16537081' date='Feb 3 2009, 01:19 PM'][quote name='king kahn' post='16536996' date='Feb 3 2009, 02:49 AM']you DO know that 2 every other month is the same thing as one a month correct? LOL Six months out of the year we'd get two figures, and the other six mon... read more 
shokker
2009-02-04
12:50 am

[quote name='ao*' post='16537005' date='Feb 3 2009, 01:36 AM']Am I the only one who gets annoyed every time Mattel opens their mouth? i got you but try hasbros q&a's  
shokker
2009-02-04
12:45 am

evryone cryed when they have been on the net for a month and now that they are sold out, everyone is still crying? whats that all about? i think it is dumb to, that he-man and skeletor are sold out because i would have loved to get those 2 again to keep them in the package. sad because mattel could ... read more 
RobbieDigital
2009-02-03
11:29 pm

[quote name='BigBot84' post='16537183' date='Feb 3 2009, 07:09 PM']Will every figure sell out like the first 3 though? I know I only bought He-Man and Skeletor, and have no intention of buying any others besides Teela and Evil-Lyn (can never have enough female figures). Will Stratos, Merman, Z... read more 
BigBot84
2009-02-03
11:09 pm

Will every figure sell out like the first 3 though? I know I only bought He-Man and Skeletor, and have no intention of buying any others besides Teela and Evil-Lyn (can never have enough female figures). Will Stratos, Merman, Zodac, and so on sell out? 
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